Classic Jaguar’s first post-war sports car XK120 up for auction
Talking of recent trends, the car market in the UK has seen a very strong inclination towards vintage cars in recent times. This means that most of the classics from within the country will now be seen on the roads, with the moneyed auto-lovers gunning for them instead of modern versions. Jaguar’s 1951 XK 120, which was the first sports model from the carmaker, will now have one of its editions go under the hammer for a listed price of $88,100.
This Jaguar carries with it accolades and historical feats from the journey it has endured till date. This particular piece was one of the first to sport the aluminum body before it got replicated further. Also, the car model was not initially thought of as a regular production version, but the first glance during the 1948 London Motor Show gave it significant coverage and fanfare, prompting the company to put in a regular production line. Within a few years, it changed designs from being an open-air coupe to fixed hard top coupe, and finally a drop-head convertible. This particular piece is an open-air version though.
The car features the classic green paint job on the outside, with a lighter tone of the color being used for the leather interiors. Other than that, the original UK registration and matching numbers are a part of the package the new owner would be receiving. Under the hood, there is a 4-speed manual transmission engine which could go up to 120 m/ph of top speed, which ended up giving the car its popular name. For those who might want to verify the authenticity, a Jaguar/Daimler certificate will also be issued along with.
This particular auction would be conducted by Brookland’s. As evidence of other historic auction, please do glance over our coverage of the 1st Jaguar D-type, which sold for $3.46 million a few years back.